Definition of overdrive
1 : an automotive transmission gear that transmits to the drive shaft a speed greater than engine speed
2 : a state of heightened activity going into rhetorical overdrive
Examples of overdrive in a Sentence
He put the car into overdrive.
His acting career is in overdrive.
The reporters went into overdrive to finish their stories on time.
Recent Examples of overdrive from the Web
Team Twitter already had gone into overdrive trying to fill in the blanks, floating both silly and serious scenarios.
The state Democratic leadership expressed public outrage and went into overdrive to protect the electrification project.
During the film festival this cabal of indefatigable problem-fixers will be working in overdrive, handling just about anything the rich and famous can throw at them.
Sierra Nevada went into overdrive and the growth continued for years.
The company immediately went into overdrive on its sales efforts.
The Book of Eli shifts into overdrive once Carnegie’s step-daughter, Solara (Mila Kunis), tries to seduce Eli.
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Definition of overdrive for English Language Learners
: a gear in an automobile that allows it to be driven at higher speeds
: a state of great activity especially in order to achieve something
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